by Floyd Burk, contributing editor December 2015 / January 2016 issue Many followers of the Western ways of self-defense know the Toronto-based company called Systema – Russian Martial Art because of its leader Vladimir Vasiliev. In an effort to spread his art of Systema, Vasiliev, who was Black Belt’s 2013 Instructor of the Year, travels the world to conduct seminars. He’s appeared in the magazine many times, as well. What most people don’t know is that Vasiliev and his organization also produce books. The latest...is STRIKES: Soul Meets Body. […]
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by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: September 18, 2015
We can view our fears on three levels. The first one we can call Personal Fear. It is the type that develops without any physical contact. It has formed inside us as a result of a verbal threat, an aggressive scene, a potentially scary situation. We might be only partly aware of the true causes and the magnitude of that Personal Fear. It is our internal picture that may or may not be accurate. This fear comes along with a specific type of breath interruption - irregular inhale and exhale, constricted breathing, or a choking breath. […]
by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: September 07, 2015
Tips from Vladimir Defend In Systema, there is no distinction between defense and attack. Any so called \"defensive\" move is also active, decisive and pre-emptive. The secret is in complete freedom of movement, very swift thinking and decision-making. There are practically no limitations, except for the moral ones. Disarm Before practicing techniques of weapons disarming, you should first learn to identify if the opponent is armed and how. Then, study how to evaluate his competence in using a weapon. Each weapon imprints behavior. Knowledge and experience can uncover that for you. […]
by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: August 31, 2015
Any good massage is beneficial. The Systema combative body massage that we do in classes has its own unique and practical value. Done in a training session, it becomes an important part of overall development of the spirit and body. Combative body practices usually include: Tissue Impact Bodyweight Massage Percussive Massage Joint Tapping Visceral Pressures Compared to passively receiving treatment from a masseuse, the combative body techniques are done within the spirit of action, training and fighting arts. […]
by Konstantin Komarov Published: June 01, 2015
Translated by: Dimitri Trufanov How does aging start and progress? At what age does the degenerative process begin? Can we do something about it? Why do some people show advanced aging symptoms at 40, while others still look young at the age of 60 and some are active and fully competent at the age of 80 and more? Should people limit their physical activity as they get older? These are just a few of the questions that need to be answered before attempting to teach classes to seniors. […]